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Mom of slain 14-year-old girl outraged convicted teen will only serve three years

CityNews | posted Friday, Mar 3rd, 2017

The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was fatally shot in a Rexdale townhouse is outraged and disappointed after learning that a teen convicted in her daughter’s death will serve just three years in a youth facility.

Alicia Jasquith told CityNews she feels justice hasn’t been served for her daughter, Lecent Ross, who died after the July 2015 shooting on Jamestown Crescent near Martin Grove Rd. and Finch Ave. West.

A 13-year-old boy initially faced a manslaughter charge but was convicted of criminal negligence causing death in November 2016. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday, where Jasquith will read a victim impact statement.

Jasquith said she’s learned he will serve three years before being released to his family.

“It’s just a big disappointment to us at this point,” she said in a phone interview ahead of Friday’s hearing. “We never got no justice.”

“I’m very sad at the moment, I can’t believe this,” she added. “You go out and kill someone and you get three years?”

A police source told CityNews the Crown and defence are still negotiating, but that the sentence will likely be in the “neighbourhood of three years.”

A second male, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, was also charged with criminal negligence causing death. His name can’t be revealed to protect the identity of the younger teen.

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